MOSCOW, March 13 – RIA Novosti. COVID-19 vaccination passports are unlikely to help reduce the incidence due to possible errors in the preparation and issuance of such documents, says Sergei Voznesensky, associate professor of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN).
Earlier, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the EC plans to present a draft law on an electronic vaccination passport in March, which will allow recording vaccinations, test results for COVID-19 or the fact of a past illness. In turn, the representative of the World Health Organization in Russia Melita Vujnovich said that WHO does not yet recommend countries to enter these documents. “As for COVID certificates, there may be a human factor and a laboratory diagnostic error, that is, there are a lot of nuances. I would not say that the introduction of any certificates will guarantee a decrease in the incidence of coronavirus infection, “Voznesensky told RIA Novosti.
According to him, in the process of issuing the said document, cases of fraud and fraud are possible. “Or maybe some laboratory employee will just write out a passport, and they can give him something for that. Maybe this is theoretically? Unfortunately, yes,” Voznesensky said.
He also stressed that the creation of COVID passports looks dubious, even from a technical point of view. “All test systems do not give 100% sensitivity and specificity. It also happens that antibodies were detected in a person, but in fact this is an analysis of another patient, they just confused the tubes,” the agency's interlocutor concluded.